It’s all the buzz up and down the river — the Delta Queen steamboat may be rolling once again!
This fall, Louisiana Senators Landrieu and Vitter are teaming up with Ohio Senators Brown and Portman and asking the Senate to allow the boat to cruise on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has already passed legislation allowing the “Grand Old Lady” to sail with up to 174 passengers.
As many of you know, in 2008, Congress took away a SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea Act) exemption that, since the 1960s, had allowed the Delta Queen to sail with her full complement of passengers. It’s exciting that the 2008 ruling may be overturned and that this icon of Americana could again be steaming in a waterway near you. You can read the details here.
Long live the Delta Queen!